NHDDC’s last meeting for 2019 filled with excitement and positivity

By Ricky LaCour

Coming off the high of the city’s most recent successful events, the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission (NHDDC) meeting on Nov. 21 was filled with excitement for gearing up the holidays and discussion of future projects.

The 93rd Annual Festival of Lights season kicked off this past weekend with Turn on the Holidays.

Commission members were excited to mention signature events like the Christmas Gala which will take place at the Event Center this year and preparations for tours to be held through the coming weeks.

Also discussed was the return of the Lighted Boat Parade, which is set for Dec. 14 and the new arrival of this year’s Ice Skating Rink on the River Bank Dec. 20-21.

For more information on the 93rd Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival, checkout the website at
https://www.natchitocheschristmas.com/.

Members also talked about Leadership Natchitoches, an immersive learning program for proven leaders in the Natchitoches community that will engage and activate these individuals to effect change in the Parish.

For more information on how you can get involved or apply, visit http://www.natchitocheschamber.com/CMSPages/GetPage?pageTitle=Leadership%20Natchitoches&pageName=leadership-natchitoches&menuId=431&parentNavigationId=23734.

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Honorary Captains for Nov. 21

Northwestern State University recognized Capt. Demond Mayfield and Instructor of Military Science JaJuan Broussard as Honorary Captains of the Nov. 21 football game against Stephen F. Austin University. NSU traditionally invites veterans, active duty service members and support personnel to be recognized as Honorary Captains and perform the coin toss at all home football games.

Mayfield is a New Orleans native and a 2015 Northwestern State graduate. He commissioned through NSU’s ROTC program and currently serves with 525 Field Artillery, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Polk. He has seven years of service and participated in Operation Atlantic Resolve in 2017.

Broussard is a instructor of Military Science for NSU ROTC. He is a Drill Sergeant candidate with five years of service in the U.S. Army Reserve, including a deployment to Iraq. Broussard is assigned to the Drill Sergeant Unit with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 354th Regiment, 95th Training Division. While attending NSU, he was a member of Theta Chi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and currently serves with Silver Square Lodge, number 49, Prince Hall Affiliated.

Escorting the honorees were Lieutenant Colonel Wendell Bender, ROTC Professor of Military Science, and Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Smalley, U.S. Army Retired, Chief of Staff, Northwestern Demon Regiment.

Pictured above: Instructor of Military Science JaJuan Broussard and Capt. Demond Mayfield were Honorary Captains at Northwestern State University’s Nov. 21 football game, performing the coin toss and earning on-field recognition. From left are NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio, Broussard, Mayfield, Lieutenant Colonel Wendell Bender and Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Smalley, Chief of Staff, Northwestern Demon Regiment.

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Natchitoches Police Department accepting applications for Reserve Officer Training Academy

The Natchitoches Police Department is currently accepting applications for its upcoming Reserve Officer Training Academy. We will accept applications from now through January 9, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. The Academy will begin on January 27, 2020 and will last approximately 8 weeks. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday beginning each night at 6:00 p.m. at the Natchitoches Police Department Training Center. If accepted, cadets in the academy will undergo training in areas such as search and seizure, building clearing, traffic stops, firearms and defensive tactics.

If you are interested in applying you can pick up an application at The Natchitoches Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division located at 416 Shady Lane or contact Reserve Commander, Lieutenant Jeff Townson at (318) 357-3852.

Applications can be obtained Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Applicants must have a high school degree, be at least 18 years of age and pass a background check. This is a great opportunity for citizens to serve their community in a positive manner.

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American Indian Crafts Day to be held Dec. 7

American Indian crafts people from Louisiana will demonstrate and sell their work at Northwestern State University on Saturday, Dec. 7. The annual American Indian Crafts Day will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Williamson Museum on the second floor of Kyser Hall. Admission is free and open to the public,

A variety of baskets, file’, beadwork, wood carving, drums, buckskin, leatherwork and other authentic crafts will be or sale from members of tribes including the Cherokee, Choctaw Apache, Clifton Choctaw, Coushatta, Houma, Nde Cannechi and others. Artists will also do demonstrations. All proceeds go to the craftspeople.

The Williamson Museum is sponsoring the event. For more information, call (318) 357-6685 or (318) 357-6687.


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Notice of Death – November 24, 2019

NATCHITOCHES:
Minister Kelvin Porter
November 22, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Isaac Newson
November 23, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Marie Bacon
November 13, 2019
Joseph Marion “Pat” Henry, Jr.
August 13, 1928 – November 19, 2019
Visitation: Tuesday, November 26 from 5-7 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Private family services will follow at a later time

Edwin Kirkendoll
November 20, 2019
Arrangements TBA

SABINE:
Carolyn Esther Gaddis
December 24, 1935 – November 18, 2019
Service: Monday, November 25 at 10 am at Union Baptist Church, Belmont

Connie Fain
October 21, 1955 – November 20, 2019
Services held November 24

James Richard Hendrickson
September 25, 1928 – November 22, 2019
Service: Monday, November 25 at 2 pm at Lewing Chapel
Interment: Prospect Cemetery

WINN:
Lindy Leon Jordan, Jr.
August 10, 1970 – November 21, 2019
Services held November 24

Cathy Jones McCoy
December 21, 1951 – November 21, 2019
Service: Monday, November 25 at 10 am at Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield

Kellie Elizabeth Salmi
May 21, 1963 – November 23, 2019
Services held on November 24

RAPIDES:
Richard C. Vercher
December 23, 1938 – November 21, 2019
Service: Tuesday, November 26 at 1 pm at John Kramer & Son Funeral Home

Christine Roberts Floberg
January 19, 1928 – November 23, 2019
Service: Tuesday, November 26 at 2 pm at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Pineville

Ira Wayne Noland
July 6, 1936 – October 19, 2019
Visitation: Saturday, December 7 from 10-11 am at Kramer Funeral Home

Early hole too much for Northwestern State in finale loss to Stephen F. Austin

The Northwestern State football team lived out the “Never Yield” motto Thursday, cutting into Stephen F. Austin’s 27-point lead throughout the latter stages in the Battle for Chief Caddo.

But the Lumberjacks produced crucial stops in the fourth quarter and held off a Demons rally as NSU fell 32-20 in the season finale.

The Demons (3-9, 3-6 Southland Conference) sliced SFA’s edge to 12 points early in the fourth quarter with a Jared West 10-yard touchdown run.

But the Lumberjacks (3-9, 3-6 SLC) recovered a fumbled punt that took away an NSU opportunity and made a goal-line stand at the 6-yard line to get a win in a series in which NSU had won three of the last four.

NSU coach Brad Laird pointed to first-half miscues as the Demons fell behind 27-0.

“It’s very disappointing to not come out with the W, but we can’t dig ourselves in that hole early,” Laird said. “In the second half, we didn’t have the opportunity to overcome that.

“SFA made some plays in all three phases. We really appreciate the 22 seniors and what they’ve meant to this program.”

Quarterback Shelton Eppler, one of 22 seniors who played their final game in Turpin Stadium, led the NSU rally as the Demons scored two second-half touchdowns to slice a 25-point lead to 32-20 with 9:22 left in the fourth quarter.

Before West’s 10-yard touchdown run, Eppler connected with Quan Shorts for 19 yards and Tanner Ash for two catches and 61 yards, including a 53-yarder.

Eppler moved past Laird to become NSU’s career passing leader (6,226 yards) and total yards leader (6,276) in just two seasons.

He threw for 333 yards on 27-of-50 passing with two touchdowns and two turnovers.

“First of all, I want to give all the glory to my Lord and savior,” said Eppler, who teared up when thinking about his time with this senior class at NSU coming to an end. “I’m going to miss my 21 brothers that I get to stand beside. I love every person in that locker room with all my heart.

“(The records) don’t mean anything right now, I just wish we would have pulled this one out for the underclassmen so they can have momentum into next season and for all the seniors who are graduating with me.”

Eppler owns 18 NSU records and tied another one with his pair of touchdown passes, which ties Zach Adkins with 28 in a single season.

After SFA extended a 20-point halftime lead with a Storm Ruiz field goal and a safety on a sack fumble, NSU started the second-half comeback with a 71-yard drive.

Eppler connected with senior Quan Shorts on a 15-yard touchdown strike, denting SFA’s lead to 32-14.

Shorts finished the season with 100 catches after his nine-catch, 132-yard effort Thursday. He became just the second receiver in Southland Conference history to reach 100 catches in a season despite battling turf toe for the last month. His 11 receiving touchdowns this season (second in NSU history) and 13 career touchdown catches (fifth) occurred in just two seasons.

But a muffed punt in the middle of the third quarter, and the Demons’ four incompletions from the 6-yard line stifled a comeback that threatened to cut the SFA advantage to single digits.

Cornerback Shemar Bartholomew kept the Demons alive with a goal-line interception after the muffed punt, his second pick of the night, third in two games and fourth of the season.

After SFA scored 27 points in the game’s first 20 minutes, the Demons defense stiffened to allow just a field goal from the offense.

“I just was doing my job, and the coaches trusted us to make plays,” Bartholomew said. “I felt like we could have come out much better in the first half, but we made adjustments and came out on fire in the second half.

“We’re going to work hard in the offseason, and we’re going to come out with a bang next year.”

In the first half, SFA cashed in momentum-changing special teams and defensive plays to build a 27-7 halftime lead.

All three of the Lumberjacks touchdown drives were aided either by an NSU turnover or an SFA special teams highlight.

SFA turned an Eppler fumble into a 7-yard Thomas Hutchings touchdown run to stretch its lead to 10-0 midway in the first quarter.

Kicker Storm Ruiz made field goal attempts of 54 and 43 yards, but the Lumberjacks successfully faked a field goal on a drive that ended in a Josh McGowen 20-yard touchdown run. The Jacks led 20-0 early in the second quarter after the 46-yard drive, which was set up by a deflected punt.

SFA recovered an onside kick on the ensuing possession, and SFA quarterback chunked a 55-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Gipson on the next play to surge to a 27-0 edge.

NSU finally got a spark from Bartholomew, who intercepted a Self pass in SFA territory.

Kendrick Price hauled in a 15-yard touchdown from Eppler to slice the SFA lead to 27-7. Price has five touchdown catches this season, all in the last six games.

The Demons had a chance to further close the gap late in the second quarter after senior Blake Stephenson recovered a fumble forced by Ja’Quay Pough.

But SFA forced Eppler’s second turnover of the half when JaTerious Evans intercepted a pass at the goal line. Evans also deflected the punt which led to SFA’s second touchdown.

Chris Reich – NSU Photographic Services

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Sanford & Son

By Reba Phelps

There is absolutely no greater joy in my life than watching my daughters become extremely irritated over my “Sanford & Sonning.”

If you are not aware of this term that I have affectionately coined to describe my behavior, let me explain. Sunday evenings in my neighborhood are literally like Christmas shopping. The garbage truck runs on Monday so that is when everyone brings their “too large to fit in the garbage can” items to the curb to be picked up.

Some locals have already caught on to this and will drive through and pick up the refuse before waste management arrives.

My infatuation with Sanford & Sonning can be traced back to a Wednesday evening a few years ago. I had just picked up my children from church and noticed a man throwing furniture out on the curb. It was also just starting to lightly rain. The furniture looked to be in good repair and perfect. There was a butcher’s block, table and chairs, stools, and book shelves. I did the quick math and realized I could not fit a house full of furniture in a Buick.

I ran home, retrieved the truck, and came back. I told myself and my girls that I was rescuing the pretty furniture from the rain.

This was something that I had never done before and I wasn’t quite sure if there was proper etiquette that had to be followed. I cautiously exited the vehicle and politely asked the owner if he was waiting on someone to pick up these treasures. He laughed and told me it was first come first serve and he was moving out of the neighborhood and didn’t care what came of the unwanted furniture.

This was also the beginning of my children being completely unappreciative of my hobby. They had to help me load it up. Every time a car passed they viciously rolled their eyes and questioned my love for them. I had major plans for this furniture. I was going to refinish it and love it for the rest of my life. It was going to have an amazing new home.

After a few short days the furniture had lost its luster and I sold most of it on Facebook. For a few short seconds I felt slightly guilty about making money off of someone else’s trash. Then it hit me. I was making money off of someone’s else’s trash. Cha-ching!

I would like to say that I have only done that in my neighborhood but truth of the matter is that anything on a curb catches my attention. My favorite thing to find and repurpose is patio furniture. My neighbors and family know that if there is wicker looking lonely on a curb to call me. Text me. Send smoke signals. Find me. I have found that I love helping people make a space on their patio or porch to sit and relax.

They say you become your parents as you get older. I am a true believer of this theory. My mother was a champion garage saler. This lady would come home with a wardrobe for the whole household for roughly two dollars.

I used to be deeply embarrassed that most of our clothing came from garage sales in our elementary and junior high years. Looking back, I know that my parents did the best they could having three children and barely making ends meet. I also believe that it taught us character. We did not have to have every single thing we wanted with a pricey name brand attached to it.

We were taught we were worth more than labels.

With this being said, I tell my girls daily that it is clearly in our DNA to love a bargain and a good garage sale. They can laugh and make fun of mom all they want but their roots will show one day and it will lead them straight to a yard sale or a curb. There is nothing they can do to deny this family gene and I will be humming the Sanford & Son tune while they admit to their new found hobby.

To me, there is just something so utterly special about finding a treasure and rescuing it. Saving it before it has been discarded and headed for a random dumpster only to be demolished like it had never existed. In some cases even repairing the item to its former glory and sending to a new home to bless someone else.

Isn’t this the way God is with us though? Could we imagine what our lives would look like if he only wanted us to come to him in perfect or pristine condition? What if he was only looking for shiny and new without a blemish version? Frankly, I am so relieved that he chooses us while laying on a curbside, broken, chipped paint, missing hinges and waiting to he hauled off to a landfill.

I am personally grateful that God is the champion garage-saler-bargain basement-loves-a-fixer upper- clearance rack- kind of God that he is.

“He will give a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor” – Isaiah 61:3

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Agenda for November 25 City Council Meeting – Monday Night

Natchitoches City Council will have a pre-council meeting on Tuesday, November 25 beginning at 5:00 p.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. to discuss non-agenda items. The City Council meeting will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to both the pre-council meetings and council meetings with the understanding that items not on the agenda will not be discussed at the scheduled council meetings, but the public is welcome to discuss any topic at the pre-council meetings. The City Council Meetings are held at the Natchitoches Arts Center located at 716 Second Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana. Please be advised due to renovations at the Natchitoches Arts Center, 716 Second Street the City Council meetings will be held at the City of Natchitoches Municipal Building, 560 Second Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana beginning June 2019 until further notice.

PLANNING & ZONING – FINAL:

#041 Mims Ordinance Declaring The Buildings On The Property Situated At 312 Second Street In Natchitoches, Louisiana, To Be Dilapidated, Dangerous And Unsafe And Ordering Their Demolition And Removal Within A Certain Delay; Providing For A Hearing For The Owner To Show Cause Why Said Buildings Should Not Be Demolished And Removed; And Further Ratifying Appointment Of An Attorney To Represent The Absentee Owner; And Authorizing The Mayor To Proceed With Demolition And Removal In The Event The Owner Fails To Comply With Demolition Order

ORDINANCES – FINAL:

#051 Morrow Ordinance To Amend And Re-Adopt Section21-76 Of The Code Of Ordinances, Which Said Section Is Within Division 3, Entitled “Historic District” Of Article III, Entitled “Stopping, Standing And Parking” Of Chapter 21 Entitled “Motor Vehicles And Traffic”, Said Section Being Amended And Re-Adopted To Amend Regulations Governing The Unlawful Parking Of Certain Vehicles In The Historic District.

ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION:

#052 Harrington Resolution Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of Natchitoches, Lee Posey, To Execute A Second Lease Amendment To Water Tower Option And Lease Agreement With New Cingular Wireless CS, To Allow The Installation Of LTE Antennas, Associated

Cables And Other Communications Instruments.

RESOLUTIONS:

#093 Batiste Resolution Authorizing The Mayor To Enter Into A Contract With Midwest Employers Casualty Company For The Workers’ Compensation Excess Coverage Policy For The City Of Natchitoches.

#094 Nielsen Resolution Authorizing The Mayor To Execute Change Order No. One To The Agreement Between The City Of Natchitoches And Delta Specialty Contractors, LLC To Install A New Perimeter Fence And Repair Existing Fence At The Natchitoches Regional Airport LA- DOTD Project Nos. H.014056 (Bid No. 0619)

FINANCIAL REPORT: Debbie Miley

ANNOUNCEMENTS: The next scheduled City Council meeting will be December 9, 2019.

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Public Notice: Cane River Lake Fireworks/Events

There will be fireworks held on Cane River Lake during the holiday season as follows:

November 23 at 7:00 pm (south side riverbank)
November 30 at 7:00 pm (south side riverbank)
December 07 at 6:00 pm (north and south side riverbank)
December 14 at 7:00 pm (south side riverbank)
December 21 at 7:00 pm (south side riverbank)
December 28 at 7:00 pm (south side riverbank)

During restricted times for fireworks no boats will be permitted to park and/or operate within the safety zone area. Yellow buoys mark the safety zone area. 

Special Events:

December 14 there will be a lighted boat parade and possibly a chance to see Santa preforming skiing tricks; therefore the lake in the downtown area only (between the yellow buoys) will close at 4:30 pm for safety. All boats must be cleared within the safety zone area no boats will be able to park along the downtown sea wall during this time.

Cane River Lake is now at 97.6 MSL

Contact Betty Fuller 318-617-3235 for more information. Remember to boat safe, sober, and always wear your life jackets.

Thanks,
Betty Fuller
CRWC Administrator

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Northwestern State’s Brister leads pair of All-Southland honors

Northwestern State volleyball finished its best regular season under head coach Sean Kiracofe in 2019, both in overall and conference record, earning third place in the Southland Conference.

The stellar season netted a pair of selections to the annual All-Southland Conference teams, announced by the league office on Wednesday.

Junior record-breaker Hannah Brister was a repeat first-team selection and the conference Player of the Year, the first NSU player to earn the honor. Senior Alexis Warren picked up an all-SLC honor with a spot on the third team.

Sam Houston’s Addison Miller was named the conference’s Libero of the Year while Stephen F. Austin’s Debbie Humphreys was the league’s Coach of the Year for the third straight season after leading the Ladyjacks to another undefeated conference season.

Brister, the Southland Freshman of the Year from 2017, added to her individual trophy case garnering a Player of the Year honor this season with her record-breaking performance.

The Paincoutrville native shattered the NSU record for kills in a season of 431 set by Christina Stone in 2002. She blew by that mark and finished the regular season with 478 kills with a chance to be the first player in school history to reach 500 for a season.

Brister has been ranked in the top 15 in the country the entire season in total kills (478 – 11th) and kills per set (4.69 – 13th). She leads the conference in kills, kills per set, points, points per set, attacks and attacks per set.

On the season, Brister reached double-digit kills in 27 different matches, had 20 or more kills in eight matches and was name the conference Player of the Week on five different occasions.

She surpassed the 1,000 kill milestone this season and is just 14 kills from entering the top five in career kills at Northwestern State with a full senior season ahead of her.

“There was a lot of great volleyball and individual performances this season in the Southland,” Kiracofe said. “In my opinion Hannah consistently stood out from beginning to end. It is a deserved honor for a great season, and she is going to continue to shine for the rest of her career.”

A true six-rotation player, Warren earned the first all-SLC honor of her career with a spot on the third team.

She finished the regular season with 301 kills and 330 digs, her second 300-300 season at NSU, and second on the team in both categories. During the year she earned one SLC Offensive Player of the Week honor.

She became just the fourth player in program history to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career, reaching the kills mark in her final match at Prather Coliseum. She will finish her career ranked in the top seven in total kills and digs at Northwestern State.

“I’m very happy for and proud of Lex and feel this is a great validation of her senior season and the career she had for our program,” Kiracofe said. “She is an important part of everything that we do on and off the court and she definitely earned this honor.”

The No. 3-seeded Lady Demons open Southland Tournament play at 1:30 p.m. Friday afternoon against Houston Baptist in Conway, Arkansas.

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PARISH COMMISSIONERS AND BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED

Parish President Rick Nowlin has announced his intention to make appointments and reappointments to the following boards and commissions which have vacancies or members with expiring terms:

Fire District #1 (Cloutierville area)
Fire District #4 (Provencal area)
Fire District #5 (Natchez area)
Fire District #8 (Ashland area)
Fire District #10 (Powhatan area)
Water Works District #1
Water Works District #2
Hospital Service District
Tourist
Children and Youth Planning
Saline Lake Game and Fish Preserve

Any resident interested in serving on a board or commission should submit an application to the Office of the President. Additionally, current members who have expiring terms are encouraged to apply for reappointment. Applications may be picked up at the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse, located at 200 Church Street, or by contacting David Kees, Jr., Executive Assistant to the President, at (318) 352-2714.

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NSU Calendar of Events

Here is a look at the week of Nov. 24-30 at Northwestern State University.

Nov. 24- Jan. 12, 2020 – Registration for spring semester through NSUConnect

Nov. 25-29 – University closed for Thanksgiving.

Nov. 27 – Women’s basketball vs. LSU-Shreveport, Prather Coliseum, 6:30 p.m.

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ROTC Fall Awards set for Dec. 5

Northwestern State University’s Department of Military Science will host a fall awards program honoring cadets in the 70th Demon Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corp. The program will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 in the Teacher Education Center Auditorium.

The public is invited to attend. A reception will follow.

To RSVP, call (318) 357-6951.

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NSU Baseball: Royals add former Demon Heath to 40-man roster

While playing in the Dominican Winter League, former Northwestern State outfielder Nick Heath received the second-best news a minor league baseball player can hear.

Heath learned Wednesday the Kansas City Royals have added him to their 40-man roster, protecting him from next month’s Rule 5 draft.

Kansas City made Heath its 16th-round selection in the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. A left-handed hitting and throwing outfielder from Junction City, Kansas, Heath established Northwestern State’s single-season stolen base record of 35 in 2016, earning third-team All-Southland Conference honors. His 75 career stolen bases place him third in school history.

Four-year college draftees in 2016, like Heath, had to be placed on a team’s 40-man roster by 7 p.m. Central on Wednesday or be left exposed to the Rule 5 Draft, which will be held Dec. 12 in San Diego at the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings. Players selected in the Rule 5 Draft must be kept on a Major League Baseball team’s 26-man roster throughout the next entire season or be offered back to their original team for $50,000. The original team losing a player will receive $100,000 from the drafting team.

Heath split his third full season in the minor leagues between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha in the Royals organization. He led all affiliated minor baseball with 60 stolen bases while hitting a career-high eight home runs and knocking in a career-best 36 runs.

He currently is playing for Tigres de Licey in the Dominican Winter League, batting .267 with a league-leading nine steals in 10 attempts. His 13 runs scored rank 12th in the league.

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Troopers Use Discretion during OMV Closure

Although significant progress has been made in the restoration of OMV customer services, OMV has announced that statewide offices will remain closed until Monday, November 25, 2019, to ensure systems are operational. With this announcement, Troopers will be exercising discretion when encountering recently expired driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations. In addition, vehicles impounded by State Police for lack of insurance coverage will be able to show proof of insurance at local LSP Troop locations. Upon insurance verification, impounded vehicles will be issued a release from private storage facilities. Troop locations across the state can be found at: http://www.lsp.org/troops.html.

The discretion related to the Ransomware challenges does not preclude Troopers from taking appropriate enforcement action for other violations of state law. If you have questions regarding your situation, contact your local Troop.

The entire Department of Public Safety wishes to express appreciation for the public’s patience and understanding during this challenging process. Public safety and professional service to the citizens of Louisiana remains a top priority.

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Makers’ Faire Dec. 11-13

Northwestern State University’s Department of Fine and Graphic Art will hold the annual Makers’ Faire Dec. 11-13 in Orville Hanchey Gallery. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Work by NSU art faculty and students will be for sale, including paintings, pottery, sculpture and crafts.

“Come by and get your holiday shopping done. Give a unique, handmade gift to those you love,” said Art Professor Phyllis Lear.

For more information, contact Lear at learp@nsula.edu.

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Notice of Death – November 21, 2019

NATCHITOCHES:
Helen Marie Elmore Ates
November 06, 1937 – November 20, 2019
Visitation: Friday, November 22 from 5-8 pm at Calvary Baptist Church, located at 312 Highway 3191 in Natchitoches
Service: Saturday, November 23 at 10 am at Calvary Baptist Church

Randy Sumrall
May 27, 1953 – November 19, 2019
Visitation: Saturday, November 23 from 9-10 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 2010 Texas Street in Natchitoches
Service: Saturday, November 23 at 10 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Joseph Marion “Pat” Henry, Jr.
August 13, 1928 – November 19, 2019
Visitation: Tuesday, November 26 from 5-7 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Private family services will follow at a later time

Edwin Kirkendoll
November 20, 2019
Arrangements TBA

RAPIDES:
Ira Wayne Noland
July 6, 1936 – October 19, 2019
Visitation: Saturday, December 7 from 10-11 am at Kramer Funeral Home

Demons eye season-ending three-game win streak in Battle for Chief Caddo – TONIGHT

NATCHITOCHES – Appropriately enough, Northwestern State head football coach Brad Laird used the word “huge” to discuss the possibility of a season-ending three-game win streak.

Given what’s at stake when the Demons (3-8, 3-5) face Southland Conference rival Stephen F. Austin (2-9, 2-6) in Thursday’s 6 p.m. season finale at Turpin Stadium, there may not be a better adjective.

The annual Battle for Chief Caddo, the 7-foot-6, 320-plus pound largest trophy in college sports, arrives with Northwestern State aiming to keep its November momentum intact. The game can be heard on the Demon Sports Network, flagshipped by 94.9 FM The River in Natchitoches and including 710 AM KEEL in Shreveport and 105.5 FM KBKK in Alexandria. 

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“It’s huge, because you want to finish strong,” Laird said of possibly ending the season on a three-game win streak. “You want to send this 2019 football team out with a win. You want these 22 seniors, in their last game, to remember it as a win. There is a lot you look at and can take into next year as far as momentum, but to me, it’s more important for what this 2019 team will be known for. The things we’ve shown in the past few weeks, we look to continue to do Thursday night to get the win.”

The matchup with the Lumberjacks marks the final game for 22 Demons seniors, a group that includes record-setting quarterback Shelton Eppler, who needs 145 yards to supplant Laird as Northwestern State’s all-time leader in passing yardage. It is composed of a bevy of fifth-year seniors who entered Northwestern State under coach Jay Thomas before Laird took the helm of his alma mater for the 2018 season.

“I love coach Laird,” said safety Nick Forde, one of 12 fifth-year seniors on the 2019 NSU roster. “He’s done so much for me and a bunch of guys on this team. He was my defensive coordinator and position coach when we came here, so I built a relationship with him early. I appreciate the trust he put in me and the responsibility of being a leader on this team. He treats everybody with respect. He’s going to tell you the same thing he tells anybody else. He treats everyone the same way. The standard’s the standard.”

Forde and the Purple Swarm defense have hit their stride in the Demons’ past three games.

After slowing McNeese’s and Lamar’s powerful rushing games, Northwestern State’s defense recovered from a slow start Saturday at Sam Houston State to allow just seven points in the final 51 minutes of NSU’s 31-28 victory.

Similar to the Demons, the Lumberjacks have improved as the season has progressed. As Northwestern State did, Stephen F. Austin defeated Lamar and Incarnate Word.

Unlike the Demons five days ago, the Lumberjacks were unable to upend one of the four teams that entered the week tied for the conference lead, falling to Central Arkansas, 30-7, on the road.

“You look at their games, and a great example is last week at UCA,” Laird said. “There were a lot of turnovers on both sides, and it’s 3-0 UCA with about five minutes left before the half. It ends up being 13-7 (UCA) at the half, but go back to the other games and you’ll see tight games at halftime and into the third quarter. They’ve been very similar to our games. Some we’ve won, some we’ve lost. That’s what this conference is about this year – the opportunity to win week in and week out.”

For the 22 Demons seniors, it marks a chance to keep Chief Caddo in his residence inside the Northwestern State athletic fieldhouse. NSU has won two straight and three of four in the series as it looks for its first three-game win streak in the series since 1996-98.

“Chief Caddo and I go way back,” said fifth-year offensive lineman Chris Zirkle, whose unit is tasked with carrying and protecting the chief after an NSU victory. “We had him my freshman year, lost him and then maintained him. Our main goal is to win, and it would be nice to send us out on that note and have the guys carry it into next season having won four of the last five.”

Emotions will be nearer the surface on Senior Night, but for the Demons, the mindset remains the same.

“I’ve been able to say it every week,” Laird said. “It’s about us. It’s about our preparation. It’s about our 60 minutes and the opportunity to play for Chief Caddo, the largest trophy in college football. We understand the importance of keeping Chief Caddo here, which makes Thursday night intriguing.”

Photo: Quarterback Shelton Eppler (5) is one of 22 Northwestern State seniors who will play his final game as a Demon on Thursday night against Stephen F. Austin. Credit: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services

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